With the battle for the drivers' world championship officially over, as opposed to effectively over as it had been for some time prior to the Japanese Grand Prix, the Formula 1 circus washed up in the city of Mokpo for the second Korean Grand Prix.
It's fair to say that this small industrial city in the south-west of the country, with a population of just 250,000, isn't a place that anyone in the paddock would find themselves were it not for the F1 calendar. It's an incongruous location for a race, a feeling that isn't counteracted by the track, which was completed in great haste at the eleventh hour last year. It's barely been touched since the inaugural grand prix 12 months ago, save for the odd change of kerbing here and there. As for the hotels, the less said about them the better, although AUTOSPORT's experience suggests that they have at least been cleaned up since 2010
In some ways, Sebastian Vettel's drivers' championship triumph has knocked the stuffing out of the season, even though Red Bull still hasn't quite clinched the lucrative constructors' crown. There's only so many times that the German can be asked how it feels to win the world title and, save for the revelation that his Sunday-night karaoke repertoire included Yellow Submarine, Hey Jude and My Way - but no Japanese songs - there was little more for him to add today.
On a worrying note, there is still no evidence of Vettel having sung We Are the Champions, although a detailed search of F1's sporting regulations reveals that such an action is not mandatory on pain of disqualification. That said, it seemed to be going against tradition to spare us this predictable triumphant ballad.
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